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Sustainability

2015 saw the unveiling of the Sustainable Singapore Blueprint 2015, a national vision for Singapore to become an eco-friendly city with a "zero waste" culture and a flourishing green economy by 2030. Currently, there are a number of pilot projects on the ground centred around sustainability. National efforts include not just top-down policymaking, but are also driven by bottom-up, community-led initiatives.

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A Changing Energy Landscape

Singapore’s overall energy policy aims to maintain a balance of economic competitiveness, energy security and environmental sustainability. As nearly all of our energy is imported, we are subject to the volatility global energy markets. To ensure our sustained economic growth, we try to ensure that we have constant access to competitively-priced and reliable energy supplies by diversifying our energy sources. Environmental sustainability and international climate change negotiations are also important considerations. Hence, we will continue to pursue efforts in energy efficiency and carbon mitigation.

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Economy

Singapore is highly attuned to the specific needs of businesses, and is known for integrity, quality, reliability, productivity, rule of law, and enforcement of intellectual property rights – assets essential in today’s knowledge economy. Rated “The World’s Easiest Place to Do Business” (Doing Business 2015 Report, World Bank), the government has always been committed to a pro-business policy. Singapore's economy has been ranked as the most open in the world, 7th least corrupt, and has the third highest per-capita GDP in the world in terms of Purchasing Power Parity (PPP).

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Local culture

Today, thanks to its multi-cultural and multi-racial heritage, Singapore is a diverse melting pot of cultures and races. The four main ethnic groups are the Chinese, Malays, Indians and Eurasians. This vibrant city-state is full of cultural quirks, such as Singaporean English or Singlish – a collection of colloquial lingo and catchphrases that is constantly evolving to suit cultural needs. Used almost routinely by locals in daily life, Singlish can certainly sound strange to the uninitiated!

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What’s in a name?

Temasek or “Sea Town” was one of this little island’s first names, with the first settlements established from AD 1298-1299.

In the 14th century, legend has it that Sang Nila Utama, a Palembang Prince, was out on a hunting trip when he spotted an animal he’d never seen before. Taking it as a good omen, he founded a city where it had been spotted, naming it “The Lion City” or Singapura, from the Sanskrit words “simha” (lion) and “pura” (city).

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From swamps to modernity.

Along came the 19th century, and with it the arrival of British Statesman Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles. When he landed in Singapore on 29 January 1819, he quickly recognised its immense potential, and helped negotiate a treaty with local rulers to establish Singapore as a trading station. The city rapidly grew as an entrepot trade hub, attracting immigrants from China, India, the Malay Archipelago and beyond – the birth of modern Singapore.

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Flying solo

1959 saw Singapore’s first general election. The People’s Action Party (PAP) came to power and Lee Kuan Yew became the first prime minister of Singapore. Singapore’s merger as part of Malaysia in 1963 proved short-lived, and less than two years later on 9 August 1965, it left Malaysia to become an independent and sovereign democratic nation.

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Why visit Singapore?

Singapore’s incredibly diverse range of dining options will cater to food lovers from all walks of life. If you appreciate a good meal, there’s a cuisine for every taste and budget. Our local street fare is a delicious melting pot of Singapore’s diverse cultures, while the country’s vibrant fine dining scene has emerged as one of the world’s most exciting, featuring many celebrity chef restaurants.

Pockets of amazing natural wonders can be found throughout Singapore, providing a welcome respite from the bustle of the city.

Colonial buildings and Chinese shophouses juxtapose with cutting-edge skyscrapers to showcase Singapore’s mix of new and old.